A Guide to Choosing Home Insurance Cover

Your home is most likely one of your most valuable possessions and probably your biggest financial investment. Along with the building itself, your belongings within the home are also of great personal value. If you do not have the right protection, a single incident can be emotionally and financially devastating to you and your family. While home insurance cannot prevent natural disasters, vandalism or theft, it can give you an added peace of mind. You will rest easier knowing that you will be able to put things back into place relatively easily, quickly without hassle.

Buildings Insurance

Buildings insurance covers the structure of your home such as roofs, walls and ceilings. Any fitted fixtures such as patios, kitchen units or bathroom vanities are also included. If you have taken a mortgage out on your home, your lender may have insisted that you buy this type of insurance. They may have also required that it will cover the cost of rebuilding your home and surrounding property, should a disaster render it uninhabitable. If an earthquake strikes or your home is burned to the ground, the mortgage company will want to be compensated for their investment in your property. While it is often easier to buy it through their company, it is most certainly in your best interest to shop around for the best rate.

Contents Insurance

While buildings insurance covers the fitted structure of your home, contents insurance covers your belongings. Unlike buildings insurance, mortgage companies do not typically require you to buy contents insurance. However, the task of taking the necessary precautions and buying insurance on your own falls on you. You will need to go through each room in your home and make a detailed list of each item. Pay careful attention to those of high-value including, but not limited to, audio and computer equipment, televisions, computers, antiques, art collections, jewellery, fur coats and any business equipment you may have such as printers and fax machines. If you only have one or two expensive items, you may be able to insure each of these pieces individually rather than buy a whole policy.

Cost of Your Policy

Insurance companies use a few different factors to determine how much you should pay for home insurance. For example, they will look at the insured some and determine that the higher the value of your insurance, the higher your premiums must be to compensate for it. Additionally, if you live in a high-risk area that is prone to vandalism, theft, burglaries or especially susceptible to natural disasters, your insurance company will charge you a slightly higher premium than other neighbourhoods will. Your insurance company will use your voluntary excess amount, or the amount that you are responsible to pay following a claim, to determine what the price of your policy will be. For example, if you agree to pay a higher excess out of pocket, your provider may reward you with slightly lower premiums.

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